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The past few weeks have been busy for cases originating in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in three cases, two of them related, and issued a decision today. The two related cases involve the interpretation of the Administrative Procedure Act, the third case granted cert. involves the delegation doctrine, while the High Court decision issued today interprets the Clean Air Act.

For details on these cases, read on.

The D.C. Circuit ruled for Esquire Magazine on Tuesday, putting the final nail in a defamation suit against the publication for satirizing a "birther" book's release.

Larry Klayman, the attorney for "birther" publisher and conservative website founder Joseph Farah, called the court's decision to uphold the lower court's dismissal of the case "dishonest," reports Examiner.com.

What exactly did the court think of Esquire's article?

The D.C. Circuit axed annual fees for nuclear waste disposal on Tuesday, noting that the government had left the Court no option while Yucca Mountain is tied up in red tape.

Politico reports that since the Obama administration has continuously demonstrated its resistance toward finishing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, it is ludicrous for the Department of Energy to collect its "0.1-cent charge from utilities and customers for each nuclear-generated kilowatt-hour of electricity."

The fee has fed the Nuclear Waste Fund for the last three decades, but not after this week's D.C. Circuit ruling.

Big rig diesel engines have the EPA and manufacturer Navistar frequently in front of the D.C. Circuit this October, with the court hearing arguments on Tuesday about the EPA's regulation of below-standard engines.

According to Overdrive, rival truck manufacturers Daimler, Mack, and Volvo argued before the Court that "the EPA wrongly granted Navistar permission to manufacture and sell non-compliant engines if they paid a fine."

This fine -- called a non-compliance penalty (NCP) -- allowed Navistar to put engines that didn't meet nitrogen emissions standards until the clean air act. What does the D.C. Circuit think of all this?

Managers for the Options Public Charter School are accused of diverting millions of dollars in government funds toward their own businesses, and the District of Columbia is suing them for it.

According to The Washington Post, the Options school was intended to serve "the District's most troubled teens and students with disabilities," but at least $3 million earmarked for the school were allegedly siphoned away by sophisticated contracting scam.

The District's complaint claims these school managers funneled state money into their own private contracting businesses and much more.

While the D.C. Circuit may be withholding any sort of published opinion from us all -- was it something we said? -- oral arguments are going off without a hitch.

As September wraps up and October begins, we take a look at three cases in oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit: a birther defamation suit, a Medicare adjustment case, and the conviction of Bin Laden's publicist.

These oral arguments may be setting the stage for a momentous 2013 - 2014 session.

What do you get when you cross a bunch of goat hunters with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)? Apparently, a bunch of very speculative appeals.

In an unlikely team-up, hunters and conservationists had sued the FWS, officially through the Secretary of the Interior, for blatantly ignoring their applications to have the markhor, a goat that inhabits a hilly area of Pakistan, downgraded from an "endangered" to a "threatened" species.

The D.C. Circuit couldn't sit back and feed the appellants a tin can, so the court took a different approach.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) got some tough love from the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday, when the court issued a writ of mandamus forcing the agency to process an application to store nuclear waste in an unfunded site.

Mandamus is certainly an extraordinary equitable remedy for any court to issue, but the NRC tried the court's patience by doing nothing about a pending application.

Remember Ralph Nader? Sure you do.

He was the spotlight third party candidate before Ron Paul and his libertarian ilk swept into the national scene, and he ran in the 2004 presidential election and (*spoiler alert*) did not become our 44th President.

What happened? Well, some would argue that his Green Party platform of legalizing marijuana and environmental justice was too liberal for a recently post-9/11 America, but Nader blames the FEC.

A federal pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to operate on U.S. highways was upheld in the D.C. Circuit on Friday, denying appeals by both the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

In two consolidated cases, the D.C. Circuit Court found that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) pilot program which allowed Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. was not in violation of parallel federal laws, but did find that the two petitioning organizations had standing to challenge it.